North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper took the oath of office in Raleigh's capitol building mere minutes into the new year, becoming the state's 75th governor and capping off a narrow victory over outgoing Republican Gov. Pat McCrory.
The ceremony was held just as fireworks began sprouting across the city and confetti cannons were fired above revelers on Fayetteville Street. State Chief Justice Mark Martin administered the oath in the short ceremony, which lasted 15 minutes. The ceremony was attended by a small group of friends, family, and colleagues.